UB Scientists to Create Self-Powered Wireless Sensors to Track & Prevent Potholes


Nowadays, it is very difficult to deal with the potholes across Western New York. Some people stated it may not look like a coil but somehow it signs like potholes.

Drivers who have supplanted blown tires after one of the most exceedingly awful pothole seasons may encounter loss of directing or braking control in coming months if their vehicles aren’t inspected for concealed harm.

Experts from Buffalo University team up with researchers in China to create self-powered wireless sensors to track and prevent Potholes. The technology informed the driver when the road surface is vulnerable and will provide traffic information too.

UB computer scientist, Wenyao Xu said, “It can monitor the condition of the road, like the road temperature, moisture level, pressure, and stress. We can predict where those potholes will be, and we can fix them or even prevent the happening of those potholes.”

Xu developed ePave technology that would be self-powered from the pressure of cars and people and will work like traffic light sensors. The tiny device can solve future infrastructure problems and accumulate data from auto crashes like speed, break and so on.

Analysts say the innovation could spare urban communities and towns cash and materials since they would be better ready to react to potholes and keep them from deteriorating.

Xu said, “Maybe we can do more optimization on-road control like put more traffic lights or stop signs there to prevent the happening of those events.”

The tiny prototype is currently being tested on the roads in China which will take another three years to materialize.



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